There’s really nothing like summer time in Portland. The weather is at its best, everything is green and gorgeous, and you get to spend time exploring this fun city. Summer is also the season for festivals in and around Portland – featuring everything from hot air balloons to juggling, you’re sure to find a festival that you and your kids will love!


Festival of Balloons
Without a doubt, the Festival of Balloons in Tigard will become your newest family summer tradition. The early morning launch of the spectacular fleet of hot air balloons is worth it (grab coffee on the way!) and the Night Glow event will make your little one’s eyes shine! Don’t miss all the events beyond the balloons – a full carnival, live music, soccer tournaments and so much more.
When: June 24-26, 2011
Where: Cook Park 17005 Southwest 92nd Avenue, Tigard, OR
Cost: Festival tickets are $5 online in advance/$7 at the festival. Don’t miss the Friday bargain combo that includes admission and unlimited carnival rides – available for online advance purchase only


Oregon Berry Festival
It’s berry mania at the Oregon Berry Festival! Located in a huge empty parking lot in the Pearl District, this family friendly event is perfect for young children. There are berry tastings, local berry vendors selling berry goods, berry bake-offs and even a berry gala at the end of the weekend.
When: July 22-23, 2011
Where: Portland’s Pearl District
Cost: Admission is free, but bring cash for berry goodies to take home!


Portland Pirate Festival
Arrr! This festival was close to being cancelled this year, due to lack of funds, but the community pulled together and the pirates are ready to celebrate! If you have a little one who is pirate obsessed, you can’t miss this event that will make you feel as if you are truly in another world. Don’t miss the pirate reenactments with cannon demonstrations, the kid’s area with free airbrush tattoos and pirate “celebrities” roaming around. By the way, pirate attire is encouraged!
When: September 3-4, 2011
Where: St. Helens, just outside Portland. Keep an eye on their website for exact directions, coming soon.
Cost: 1-Day Passes: Adult (13 years and older) $10 advance, $12 at Gate; Youth (12 and under) $5 advance, $6 Gate. 2-Day Passes also available, see website. Don’t forget some extra gold for pirate souvenirs & full sized turkey legs.


Portland Juggling Festival
Celebrating its 19th year, the Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest juggler’s gatherings in the entire nation! Kids will love checking out all the different props (fire juggling, anyone?) and the experts are happy to help new little jugglers get started. There will also be special guest performers to enjoy and vendors for picking up juggling supplies!
When: September 30-October 2, 2011
Where: Reed College Sports Center 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland 97202 – just off 28th Avenue on the west end of campus
Cost: To be determined

If you visit these festivals this summer, come back and let us know what you loved about it! And be sure to keep you eye on Red Tricycle’s Portland Events Calendar for the most current information about what’s happening this summer.

— Katie Kavulla